Provost Brian McGee sent the following message to the campus community on Jan. 3, 2017:

Dear campus community:

President McConnell and I are pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy S. Johnson will become the Interim Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, effective February 1, 2017.  

Dr. Johnson currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics, a position he has held since 2011.  Prior to joining the College, Tim was a member of the faculty at Truman State University, Baylor University, and the University of Florida.  He holds a doctoral degree in classical philology from the University of Illinois and also has studied at the University of Kentucky, the University of Pennsylvania, and Grace College (IN).  

Dr. Timothy S. Johnson

A specialist in Classical lyric poetry and Horatian studies, he has authored two books on the Roman lyricist Horace, along with many scholarly journal articles.  Tim has been a member the editorial boards for the Classical Journal, the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and theReligious Studies Review.

Tim’s teaching career has covered a variety of courses, including the Greek and Latin languages, with a special focus on the relationship between literature and politics.  He has frequently led study-abroad programs in Rome and southern Italy.  

The selection of Dr. Johnson as Interim Dean follows a consultative process involving the associate deans, department chairs, program directors, and other faculty of the School.  This conversation will also shape the process to be followed in selecting the School’s permanent dean.  Dr. Johnson will serve as Interim Dean until the permanent dean is named. 

Dr. Johnson will succeed Dean Antonio Tillis, who is leaving the College of Charleston to take a position at another institution.  We thank Dean Tillis for his service to the College and wish him well in his future endeavors.  

In taking this position, Dr. Johnson becomes the first classicist in over 40 years to serve as a dean at the College of Charleston.  C. Hilburn Womble, Professor of Classical Studies, was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College from 1970-1975. 

Please join me in thanking Tim for taking on this important leadership role.


Brian McGee

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs